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Williams agrees permanent Bulls deal

Winger Danny Williams has today agreed a permanent contract to become the nineteenth addition to Bradford Bulls' 2015 roster.

Danny Williams is the latest Bradford Bulls signing
Danny Williams has signed a two-year deal with Bradford Bulls Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Bulls, confirming his departure from parent club Salford Red Devils.

Having initially arrived at the Provident Stadium on a short-term loan deal, Williams will be a Bradford player until at least the end of 2016.

“I was really excited about coming to Bradford to begin with, so am obviously delighted to be extending my stay.

“This is a club with big ambitions for the future and I want to be a part of what is eventually achieved here.

“I love working with James Lowes and am excited about what the next couple of years could bring.

“I am happy with how I have performed since joining the Bulls but, most importantly, I am happy to be part of this team.

“With the way the squad is shaping up for next year, I think our supporters can be confident of us making an immediate return to Super League.

“I fully intend to keep fit and find my very best form in order to help ensure that happens."

– Danny Williams

Williams, who has previously played for Leeds, Castleford and Hull and had a stint in rugby union with Newcastle Falcons, arrived as James Lowes' first addition in July.

And the Bulls boss says he is delighted to have secured the three-quarter's services – on a permanent basis.

“Danny is a very experienced player, who has age on his side.

“I am really pleased that the deal has gone through, as I feel Danny provides good competition out wide.

“I am looking forward to working with him during pre-season training and going into next year, where he could prove fairly key for us.

“Wherever he has gone in the past, he has always worked extremely hard and that is what I like about him. His attitude is first class.”

– James Lowes. Bradford Bulls coach

Meanwhile, Bradford Bulls have also confirmed that Jamie Foster will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Boyd set for Burnley move

Hull manager Steve Bruce expects forward George Boyd to sign for Burnley after allowing him to hold talks with the Clarets.

Scotland international Boyd joined the Tigers midway through their promotion campaign in 2012/13 and featured intermittently in the Barclays Premier League last season, as well as coming off the bench in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

But he is now well down the pecking order and has been offered the chance of a key role at Turf Moor. Boyd is expected to cost around £3million.

"It looks like Boydy will go to Burnley. We allowed George to speak to Burnley and personally I wish him well," said Bruce after his side lost 2-1 at Aston Villa.

"He got an offer of a three or four year contract at Burnley and the chance to play.

"But I've been in the game a long time and if all professional footballers were like George Boyd my job would be easy."

Bruce also confirmed the signing of Cork City defender Brian Lenihan, although the 20-year-old is likely to go straight into the club's development squad rather than challenging for a first-team place.

"Lenihan is done and dusted. He's one for the future," added Bruce.

Eden heading to NRL

Hull KR have agreed to release full-back Greg Eden from the final year of his contract to enable him to make a move to Australia.

Greg Eden
Hull KR full-back Greg Eden is heading Down Under Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Eden, 23, who was famously dubbed England's Billy Slater by Nathan Brown two years ago during their time together at Huddersfield, is thought to have secured a contract with Brisbane Broncos.

The Castleford-born player has made 37 appearances for the Robins since joining them from Huddersfield two years ago.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Hull KR and I wish everybody here all the best for the future," said Eden, who had loan spell at Salford earlier this season after losing the full-back spot to Ben Cockayne.

"It's a great club and I'm sure good things are around the corner under Chris Chester but I didn't feel personally that I could turn this opportunity down.

"I've always had an ambition to play in the NRL and it's a great chance for me to go over there and hopefully improve my game."

Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith said: "We have retained an option on Greg's services should he return to Super League but he makes the move to the NRL with our best wishes.

"We have been planning for his departure as we look to strengthen our squad for 2015 and have already recruited heavily in the outside backs for next season.

"I'd like to thank Greg for his service to Hull KR over the past two years and wish him good luck with his new club."

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